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Poster: Arensky Date: Dec 1, 2006 2:46am
Forum: stock_footage Subject: To Alexis


I'm writing to you here because I didn't know how else to contact you. Besides, my message involves all who are interested in time lapse photography.

I think I have contributed enough time lapse scenes to the Stock Footage archives. It's beginning to look a bit top heavy with them. However, I would like to continue adding time lapse to the Open Source archive and try to build up a really good collection. I notice there is very little of it here.

Is that OK with you? Can I just slug the upload "time lapse, etc" and let the user find it through the search engine?


C. E. Price

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffBridgewater Video Date: Dec 1, 2006 10:55am
Forum: stock_footage Subject: Re: To Alexis

Hello Ed, I hope I can call you that. I don't speak for the archive, but since you posted in the Forum I would like to make a few observations. First, I like your work. I have been working in video since 1972 and have a grasp of what goes into time lapse photography. I would guess that each clip you post took at least several hours to tape, edit & post. They have a dollar value. Some WEB sites will pay you money for them. You have been kind enough to share them here for free. I post on the Internet Archive because I want to share with young editors who can't afford to buy stock footage. I have taught many people to use NLE's (Non-linear editing systems) over the years. A new person learning editing can spend a lot of time creating clips for use, (I have). Or spend a lot of money to buy clips, (I have). Copyright law says I can't give away the footage I bought, but I have thousands of clips I have created over the years that I CAN give away. At my age, I like the concept that these clips will be useful to some young editor after I am gone. The archive has encouraged me to upload AVIs if I wish. These are huge, high quality files that are many times the size of the clips you are uploading. I try not to abuse this. I only upload AVIs on stock footage. I limit my other Open Source postings to MPEG 2 for DVD. That being said, I suspect that the Archive will be fine with your uploaded materials. I for one am grateful for your uploads. I don't think it makes a big difference if the material is in the open source section or the Stock Footage section or not. I think it may make a difference in a search. If I want to find all the stock footage on the Archive site I have to search from the moving Images section. Otherwise, my search seems to be limited to the section of the archive I start the search in. That is the main reason I like the idea of a stock footage section, especially for things like title backdrops and time lapse photography. I think it also decreases the chances that someone might take something of mine that I don't consider as stock footage and accidently using it. I post items for "viewing only" in Open Sources and items meant for "reediting" in stock footage. I would like to think that someday an editor will come here and find countless stock footage clips from many, many people just like you. I am sure there will always be a need for professional editors to buy advanced stock footage. I am just happy to see the Archive give people another option.

This post was modified by Bridgewater Video on 2006-12-01 18:55:28

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Poster: Arensky Date: Dec 1, 2006 10:46am
Forum: stock_footage Subject: Re: To Alexis

Ivan. You are absolutely right about making useful stock clips available to editors who cannot afford commercial clips. And perhaps I was a little hasty in saying that I need to stop posting more time lapse clips. They are really handy for inserts or to set the mood for a piece. They also make good bridges. Thank you for complimenting me on them. Although I have been in and out of motion picture production since I was 18 (I'm 65 now. I know that because today is my birthday.)I've only been doing time lapse for a few months. I do it by hand -- no automatic exposure gadgets, and sometimes the picture jumps slightly or there is a bit of a flicker, but I try harder. I also want to try some other things -- all of which I have had to pay for in the past. Like you, I want to provide material that others CAN USE, and as much of it as possible. Since I'm retired, I have a lot of time on my hands. I'd rather die with my boots on than croak in a rocking chair. :-)

Alexis, don't pay any attention to this old dunderhead. Let and stock shots roll!!!!!


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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffBridgewater Video Date: Dec 1, 2006 11:01am
Forum: stock_footage Subject: Re: To Alexis

Happy Birthday ED. After many years of "working in video" I find that my involvement in the archive has given me more joy than I have gotten in years. I hope you get the same amount of enjoyment from it as I do. No matter where you post it, keep up the good work. Best wishes, Ivan